Barring slight distraction due to clouds, Annular Solar Eclipse went well
'Ring of Fire' Annular Solar Eclipse took place on September 1 (Thursday). The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) has shared satellite images of the eclipse that show the clouds acted as a hurdle in the view, but overall the event went well.
As per experts, Tanzania and Madagascar provided the best views for the eclipse. Location around the African continent and Indian Ocean also witnessed a decent partial eclipse. The annular stage lasted for three minutes.
Before the event took place, experts have made the prediction that Tanzania would offer clear bright sky and the estimates did turn out to be true. The Observatory of Makes (ObservatoireAstronomique des Makes) provided the view for tourists and island residents.
Those who were not able to view the eclipse can see the high-definition video of the eclipse recorded by astronomers from the Paris Observatory. The annular solar eclipse will be followed by a lunar eclipse to take place on September 16, 2016.
In this eclipse, the moon reaches the full, but it would hardly be visible. Those in Europe, Africa, and Asia would be able to see a slight darkening of the moon's northern half. After that, the next big event would take place on August 21, 2017 when observers in North America will see a total solar eclipse.
Total solar eclipse takes place on earth around every 18 months, but as per experts it has not taken place in the contiguous United States since February 26, 1979. The 2017 eclipse would be observable one, but in partial phase across the nation. The eclipse's path of totality is around 70 miles wide and stretches across 14 states.
"As of yet, no one has submitted images taken from the far edges of the eclipse path to our online gallery, but the partial phase was visible as far north as Aswan, Egypt. At 3% coverage, that's a tiny slice of darkness! On the other hand, we are seeing some dramatic images of the partial phases from elsewhere on the continent, like the moody view captured in Kenya shown here at the right," according to a news report published by Sky And Telescope.
Many observers watched the eclipse safely with eclipse glasses or by creating projections with pinholes or colanders. But we also received multiple reports of people in Kiglai (Rwanda) and the Jos Plateau (Nigeria) watching the eclipse by viewing the Sun's reflection in a basin or bucket of water.
According to a story published on the topic by NASA News, You can be hundreds of miles from the theoretical point of Greatest Duration and still enjoy annularity lasting within a fraction of a second of the maximum possible (as long as you stay within several miles of the central line). It's much more important to watch the weather forecasts a day or two before the eclipse and choose a location with the best chance of a cloud-free sky during the eclipse. Good weather is the key to successful eclipse viewing - better to see a shorter eclipse from clear sky that a longer eclipse under clouds.
In the top section, the decimal Latitude and Longitude of the marker are given. The Eclipse Type (either total, annular or partial) seen from that position is given. The Duration of Totality (or Duration of Annularity) lists the length of the total (or annular) phase in minutes and seconds. The Eclipse Magnitude is the fraction of the Sun's diameter eclipsed. The Eclipse Obscuration is the fraction of the Sun's area eclipsed.
A report published in Space News revealed, "Dedicated amateur astronomers may have telescopes, but what we really recommend for first-time viewers is just to watch," Pasachoff said. "A total eclipse is such a dazzling event that you really would be better off just enjoying the spectacle rather than busying yourself with camera settings." If you must document it, a simple wide-angle snap should capture the moment, even if you're using your smartphone camera.
Another annular solar eclipse will occur Feb. 26, 2017, with the point where the eclipse will appear to last the longest located off the eastern coast of South America. The next highly anticipated total solar eclipse, set to take place Aug. 21, 2017, is being called the "Great American Eclipse" because the best viewing locations will be within the continental U.S. For this event, Pasachoff said now is the time to make necessary travel plans and reservations if you want to observe the eclipse within the path of totality.
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